Have you ever noticed that when a business shuts down the building very quickly looks neglected and run down? That which we neglect fades very quickly. Speaking for myself, I notice that personal evangelism neglected in my life fades very quickly until you can’t even tell it was ever there. I don’t think I’m alone. I have noticed that in our church and across our city. Personal evangelism neglected soon becomes evangelism forgotten. I am guilty. How about you?
Jesus had a singular purpose in coming to this planet. Luke 19:10 states it simply and clearly. Jesus came to seek and to save those who are lost. Did Jesus have a target group he was focused on? Yes, the LOST. The lost includes anyone who has not put their faith and trust in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. The LOST are those who do not know God or His son, Jesus Christ. Listen to Jesus’ words, “Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent” John 17:3.
What is our part? We are to SEEK the lost. We seek the lost through building bridges of friendship to their hearts so that we might share the good news of the gospel with them. What is Jesus’ part? He will SAVE them. Hear Romans 10:13, “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” We seek people through personal evangelism. We bring them to Jesus as Andrew brought Peter and Jesus is able to save their souls and give them eternal life.
If the singular purpose of Jesus Christ was evangelism does it not stand to reason that evangelism should be the singular purpose of the church? Clearly, it does. Has the Holy Spirit convicted your heart about a lack of personal evangelism? He has mine. What are we going to do about it? Don’t know about you but I am going to begin to do personal evangelism every time the Lord gives me opportunity. Will you join me? Let’s make personal evangelism a priority in 2015. Listen to the great preacher Charles Spurgeon speak. . .
- “If sinners will be damned, at least let them leap to Hell over our bodies. And if they will perish, let them perish with our arms about their knees, imploring them to stay. If Hell must be filled, at least let it be filled in the teeth of our exertions, and let not one go there unwarned and unprayed for.”
Let’s get busy about personal evangelism.